Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

High Hopes for Eddery

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

High Hopes for Eddery

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Byline: By William Hayler

Although Pat Eddery has a long way to go before he can match his feats in the saddle with his achievements as a trainer, Cavort's success at Goodwood yesterday signalled a personal landmark.

The Vettori filly was a first winner on the turf for Eddery after he notched his initial winners on the all-weather tracks.

He partnered a total of 271 winners at Goodwood as a jockey but Cavort will have a special place in his heart after taking the Casco EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes under 5lb-claimer Emmett Stack.

Former jump jockey Stack brought the 13-2 chance through to take the lead just after the two-furlong pole and, although Baltic Belle rallied bravely towards the stands' rail, the winner did enough to hold on by a neck.

"She's a tough little filly and she likes a fight," said the winning trainer.

"I hoped she would handle the ground and she liked the six-furlong trip, in fact she should get seven easily enough."

Eddery has a total of 18 two-year-olds among his 40-strong team based in Buckinghamshire and hopes to have a few decent ones among them ready to run during the summer.

Eddery was not the only man enjoying his afternoon at the track, despite the howling gales and showery outbreaks.

Epsom trainer Jim Boyle was positively glowing after seeing Martin Dwyer bring Gavroche with a well-timed challenge to take the mile-and-a-half Thomas Eggar Handicap.

"I love this place," said Boyle. "It is my absolute favourite racecourse, especially now!

"I thought I'd never had him better and my only worry was the ground but we had to give it a go because we'd never get a worse 0-100 to run him in. Martin gave him a brilliant ride."

Dwyer completed a double when 12-1 chance Zamala took the Lovells Stakes, the John Dunlop-trained filly coming from well off the pace.

The rider confirmed he will partner leading Vodafone Derby fancy Sir Percy in a key gallop on Saturday morning before a decision is taken as to whether the colt will head to Epsom on June 3. …

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